Alex Carpenter
Alex Carpenter
Associate Director

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Lawyers - when is it time to look for a new job?

It’s a question that’s different for everyone, whether you’ve been pigeonholed into a role that isn’t what you agreed to do, whether the work simply isn’t something you enjoy, or maybe the culture just doesn’t suit you - so when is the right time to look at other things?

The first thing to consider is what you want – It doesn’t just have to be the type of work that isn’t ticking the boxes, consider: personal development, salary, culture, career progression, work quality.

Have you asked the question?

It might be a quick fix - your current firm might be able to offer you what you’re looking for, but if they aren’t able to give you what you want, you might want to start having a look at what other roles can offer you.

People can be hesitant to look at new roles – it can be quite a daunting task when things at work aren’t going particularly well and/or are busy, but once you do get the ball rolling it will become apparent that the grass can often be greener on the other side!

What do you need to think about?

The key things to remember are all roles are different – Some roles may offer more in different areas: salary, culture, progression etc, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for.

Whilst one of the areas mentioned above might be more of a deal breaker than the others, try to get an idea of what ticks the boxes for each – The work quality might be fantastic, but if there’s no scope for progression in the team, is it the right choice? The culture might be fantastic at a new firm, but does a lower salary keep things in balance?

What’s the answer?

The simple answer is, that it’s down to you – If you think you’re not hitting your potential, you’re not being challenged, you’re worth more, the environment doesn’t click with you, or things just don’t feel right, chances are having a look elsewhere could be the right option.

One of the key things to remember is that having a look at opportunities doesn’t mean you’ve accepted a new role – you might make an application, secure an interview and be offered a new opportunity, but you don’t have to take it if you don’t want to!


BCL have nearly 20 years experience recruiting within the legal market – If you’re unsure about your current role, you’re looking for new opportunities, or just looking for an informal and confidential chat about your market feel free to ask!

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